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Oregon districts take lead to address student-on-student violence

from The Associated Press via The Oregonian

Two Oregon school districts that were intent on identifying warning signs that students might be contemplating a school shooting stumbled on a threat far more pervasive yet much less discussed — sexual aggression among classmates. Unsure at first what to do, the Forest Grove and Salem-Keizer districts adapted the same early-intervention approach used to handle potential school shooters: Based on observations or tips, school staff now quietly keep an eye on kids they worry are sexually aggressive. Parents help the school try to understand why their child is acting out. And the school intervenes if behavior threatens to escalate, whether the student is a kindergartner or about to graduate. more

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